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James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.

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An American, an Australian and a South African walk into a British election

18 April 2014 13:37

All three main parties have now hired foreign advisers to help run their general election campaigns. These foreign advisers have one thing in common: they’re all from the English speaking… Continue reading

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Top Obama strategist David Axelrod to advise Labour

17 April 2014 23:31

The Labour Party has announced tonight that David Axelrod, the man who masterminded Obama’s two election victories, is to advise them in the run up to the next election. Axelrod’s… Continue reading

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John Bercow’s problem with PMQs

17 April 2014 17:27

John Bercow doesn’t like Prime Minister’s Questions. He’s told the BBC in an interview that it is ‘so bad’—in other words, rowdy—that a bunch of female MPs no longer attend.… Continue reading

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David Cameron tells Britain to be ‘more confident about our status as a Christian country’

16 April 2014 17:26

David Cameron is doing God. He has followed up his comments about his faith at last week’s Downing Street reception with an article for The Church Times in which he… Continue reading

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Bank Of England Cut Interest Rates To All Time Low

Inflation falls again

15 April 2014 10:06

Wages in the private sector are now rising faster than inflation. The latest CPI inflation figures show that it now down to 1.6 per cent, comfortably below the Bank of… Continue reading

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Scotland Prepares For The Independence Vote

Cabinet concern over the state of the Unionist campaign in Scotland laid bare

13 April 2014 12:32

There are only five months to go to the Scottish referendum and the Cabinet is becoming increasingly agitated about the state of the Unionist campaign. At Tuesday’s meeting there was… Continue reading

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What are the Liberal Democrats for?

12 April 2014 10:06

Of the three main parties, none is clearer about how they intend to fight the next election than the Liberal Democrats. Their message will be that they’ll make the Tories… Continue reading

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Nigel Evans cleared on all charges

10 April 2014 15:14

The former deputy Speaker of the House of Commons has been acquitted on all counts by the jury at Preston Crown Court. listen to ‘Nigel Evans on being found innocent’… Continue reading

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The Tories have brought back the expenses scandal and buried their own good news

9 April 2014 14:33

PMQs today was bad for David Cameron, but nowhere near as bad as it could have been. No permanent damage was done to him. Ed Miliband did not, to my… Continue reading

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Sajid Javid is the new Culture Secretary

9 April 2014 11:06

Sajid Javid is the new Culture Secretary. Javid has impressed as a junior minister at the Treasury. He has learnt the political ropes fast despite only becoming an MP in… Continue reading

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Maria Miller

Maria Miller had no choice but to resign

9 April 2014 8:07

Listen: Fraser Nelson, James Forysth and Isabel Hardman discuss Miller’s resignation listen to ‘Podcast special: Maria Miller resigns’ on Audioboo Maria Miller has bowed to the inevitable and resigned. For… Continue reading

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Miliband’s moment of decision, does he call for Maria Miller to go?

8 April 2014 19:03

Ed Miliband faces a big decision tonight, does he use PMQs tomorrow to call for Maria Miller’s resignation. So far, he has limited himself to saying that Cameron has questions… Continue reading

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David Cameron and then leader of the Welsh Conservatives Nick Bourne in 2011. Image: Getty

Will David Cameron insult the Welsh by sending them Maria Miller?

7 April 2014 16:28

The Maria Miller problem is not going away for the government. Tory MPs who went back to their constituencies over the weekend have come back to Westminster depressed about how… Continue reading

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The Prime Minister And Deputy Prime Minister Announce Their Mid-Term Review

Cameron’s renegotiation strategy is no longer an obstacle to a second Tory-Lib Dem coalition

6 April 2014 16:11

David Cameron’s plan to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the European Union has long been regarded as a major obstacle to a second Tory-Lib Dem coalition. But, as I report in… Continue reading

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Maria Miller, a political zombie

5 April 2014 11:20

Talking to Tory ministers in the last 24 hours, one of the things I’ve been struck by is the level of irritation with Maria Miller’s graceless apology. It is easy… Continue reading

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There’ll be no promotion for Maria Miller after her short, bitter apology

3 April 2014 12:45

Maria Miller’s apology today to the House of Commons over her attitude to the investigation into her expenses was short, 32 seconds. But it was not sweet. Rather, it was… Continue reading

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Polls show Farage as the victor of the EU debate

2 April 2014 20:41

Tonight’s Clegg Farage debate on Britain’s membership of the EU was far more combative than last week’s. Nick Clegg came out swinging from the start. In a sign of how… Continue reading

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Balls and Miliband in their muppet guise?

PMQs: Meet ‘the dunce of Downing Street’ and the ‘muppets’

2 April 2014 13:34

The increasingly personal bickering between Cameron and Miliband went on today for most of the session. After a bad tempered set of formal exchanges—with Miliband branding Cameron ‘the dunce of Downing… Continue reading

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Scottish Referendum 'Better Together' Campaigners On The Streets Of Glasgow

Without Scotland, the UK would be poorer both culturally and spiritually

31 March 2014 12:46

If Alex Salmond gets his way, this country will be rendered asunder. Once you cross the Tweed, you’ll be in a foreign land. The fact that Salmond is so keen… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage wins LBC debate but will he regret ‘blood on their hands’ comment?

26 March 2014 20:46

Tonight’s YouGov poll says that Nigel Farage won the debate with Nick Clegg by 57 per cent to 37 per cent. But, intriguingly, the plurality of those polled said that… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage will be debating each other on the EU. Photos; Getty Images.

Live: Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage — round one

26 March 2014 18:46

This is a live blog for tonight’s debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, kicking off at 7pm. We’ll be adding in audio from the debate below. This page will… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg stands to beat Nigel Farage in tonight’s Europe debate. Here’s why.

26 March 2014 15:51

Tonight is the first round of the Clegg/Farage debate on Britain’s EU membership. It is perfectly possible that both of the leaders could benefit from it. They could emerge as… Continue reading

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PMQs: Lib Dems have thwarted changes to fox hunting law

26 March 2014 13:49

Ed Miliband started strongly at PMQs today. He seized on Scottish and Southern’s announcement that they’ll freeze energy prices as a justification of his most popular policy, the energy price… Continue reading

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There's still a long way to go for Ed Miliband

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act is no longer helping Miliband

25 March 2014 18:14

Up until now, the fact that we know the date of the next general election has worked in Ed Miliband’s favour. He has known the timetable to which he has… Continue reading

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Today’s inflation fall means the Tories can have their interest rate cake and eat it too

25 March 2014 12:18

Today’s inflation figures bring more good news for the government. CPI inflation is now down at 1.7 per cent, the lowest rate in four years and below the Bank of… Continue reading

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